Reclamation Continues Contact Negotations for the Conservations of Water from the Pine River Project

Media Contact: Pat Page, (970) 385-6560

For Release: September 09, 2005

The fourth in a series of negotiation meetings will be held to discuss the terms of a contract between the Pine River Irrigation District (District) and the Bureau of Reclamation for the use of Pine River Project Water from Vallecito Reservoir for purposes other than irrigation. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library at 395 Center Drive in Bayfield, Colorado.

The contract will establish the terms and conditions for the proposed conversion of Pine River Project Water from irrigation to other miscellaneous purposes and uses.

The negotiations are open to the public. At the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract at the end of the negotiation session. The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting. These documents can also be obtained at on the Western Colorado web site or by contacting Dick Gjere of the Bureau of Reclamation, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 300, Durango, CO, 81301, by telephone at 970-385-6531.

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